Kids’ Pages – Writing Contest

In the last issue of Fostering Perspectives we asked young people in foster care “What do your foster, adoptive, or kinship parents do to take care of themselves so they can do a good job taking care of you?“ Here’s what they had to say. Maria, age 16 My foster parents do a good job taking care of me by

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Taking Care of Yourself While Engaging in Shared Parenting
by Donna Foster

By now you should know that I’m a big fan of shared parenting. In past issues of Fostering Perspectives I’ve worked hard to explain why I think this practice is good for children, good for birth families, and good for foster parents. I believe this with all my heart, based on my own experience and the experiences other people have

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Self-care for Relative Caregivers: One Family’s Story
by Tonia Jacobs Deese

If you are caring for a loved one’s child due to abuse or neglect, our child welfare system relies on you. One in four children in foster care in North Carolina are in “kinship placements,” which typically means a county department of social services has legal custody of the child, but the child lives with a relative (Duncan, 2014). Benefits

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SaySo Update
by Lauren Zingraff, SaySo Executive Director

SaySo Turns 17 SaySo celebrated its 17th birthday on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, NC. This yearly event, also known as SaySo Saturday, is our largest conference every year. This year’s theme was “Super 17–Family Reunion.” It was a fantastic time! SaySo Saturday is our annual membership meeting. At this meeting young people break

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Help Us Find Families For These Children

For more information on these children or adoption in general, call the NC Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network at 1-877-NCKIDS-1 <www.adoptnckids.org>   Noelia (age 15) Noelia always has a big, bright, infectious smile for those around her. She is a sweet, friendly young lady who is a joy to be around. Noelia enjoys receiving hugs and giving affection, and

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Get In-service Training Credit for Reading this Newsletter!

Enjoy reading Fostering Perspectives and earn credit toward your relicensure. Just write down the answers to the questions below and present them to your licensing social worker. If your answers are satisfactory, you’ll receive 30 minutes of training credit. If you have questions about this method of gaining in-service training credit, ask your worker. In-Service Quiz, FP v19 n2 Create

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